How to configure Chrome for a job search
As technology has made thousands of opportunities available to us, it is imperative to optimize our job search for maximum efficiency. The more precise and intelligent our job search, the higher our chances of finding a dream job.
A good web browser can help you with your job search, and how you set it up can make a huge difference in the success of your job search. As Chrome is a favorite among job seekers, this article covers tips and tricks for optimizing Chrome for job hunting.
1. Create a dedicated Chrome profile
To focus your job search, clearing up your browser clutter is essential. For this reason, creating a dedicated Chrome profile for a job search should be the first thing to do.
Once your new profile is ready, you can add extensions relevant to your job search, bookmark only useful pages, and let nothing distract you during your search. Follow the steps below to create a dedicated Chrome profile:
- Launch Chromium.
- In the upper right corner, click the profile menu.
- At the bottom of the menu, click + To add.
- Click on Login.
- Log in with your email address and password.
- Click on the Yes I’m in button.
2. Make sure sync is on
Your browser configuration doesn’t have to be limited to a single computer. Instead, you should be able to pick up your job search where you left off the last time, regardless of your location or device. By enabling synchronization on your browser, you can easily achieve this.
While Chrome asks you to turn on sync when you sign in, and you may have already done so if you followed the instructions in step one carefully, it’s worth double-checking. Follow the steps below to confirm that synchronization is enabled:
- In the upper right corner, click three vertical dots and click Settings.
- Then click on Sync Services and Google.
You’re good to go if you see sync already enabled in the right pane. Otherwise, you must click on the Enable synchronization… button to activate it.
3. Install relevant extensions
Browser extensions make your browser more functional and help you be more productive. Below are some types of extensions you should install:
- Grammar checker extension: The grammar checker extension ensures that your written communications remain error-free. Grammarly is one of the most popular grammar checkers, but there are other options you can try as well.
- Email signature extension: The email signature extension allows you to create a signature containing your contact information and add it to your email platform. So the next time you send an email, the signature will be added automatically.
- password manager: Since you will be applying for many jobs on different websites, you will need a reliable password manager extension to keep track of your credentials. Among the popular extensions, LastPass is a good choice.
- Plugin Read later: A read-it-later extension allows you to save any useful web content that you want to read later. Among the things you can keep in this extension, you can include maintenance tips articles, a list of open jobs and much more. You should check out Save to Pocket, a handy extension to read later.
4. Create Dedicated Tab Groups
The convenience of having a dedicated Chrome profile makes it easier to manage your job search, but grouping tabs by job search activity will further streamline the process. For example, you can create a dedicated tab group that includes the websites of companies you’ve already applied for.
Similarly, you can categorize all job search websites into a separate group to keep things simple. This way, rather than having to remember each website and open them individually, you can open the group of tabs and browse all the websites in that group.
You can create a tab group by right-clicking any tab and selecting Add a tab to the new group from the context menu. Then name the group, select a color and press Walk in.
To add a new tab to an existing tab group, right-click the tab and select Add tab to group > [group name].
Check out our article to learn more about managing tab groups in Google Chrome and how to use them effectively.
5. Add Specific Websites to Chrome’s Site Search
With Chrome’s site search feature, you can search for information about a specific website directly from the browser’s address bar. Once you’ve added the website to your site search list, you need to enter your assigned shortcut, press the spacebar, enter the keyword, and Chrome will open the website with your relevant search results.
Let’s introduce Crossover, a recruiting platform, to Chrome’s site search to see how it works:
- In the upper right corner, click three vertical dots and select Settings.
- In the left sidebar, click the Search engine.
- In the right pane, click Manage search engines and site search.
- Next to the Site searchclick it To add button.
- In the Search engine field, enter “crossover.com“, “crossing” in the Shortcut field, and “https://www.crossover.com/jobs?search=%s“ in the last field.
- After filling in the fields, click on To add.
- Enter “crossover” in the address bar, which you had set as a shortcut, and press the spacebar. This will bring up the site search in the address bar as shown below.
- Enter your query and press Walk inand the website will direct you to the search results on the added website.
6. Configure Web Clipper
When doing a job search, we often need to bookmark important pages, capture screenshots of relevant information, and copy and paste the job description to check it later. Although these tasks can be done in the browser in several ways, a web clipper simplifies the process.
For example, OneNote Web Clipper is simply an extension that allows you to perform all the aforementioned tasks with just a few clicks. Besides, it also lets you save the information you want from the extension, so you won’t have to waste time going through your hard drive.
You can configure OneNote Web Clipper on your browser by following these steps:
- Visit the OneNote Web Clipper extension page on the Chrome web store.
- Click on the Add to Chrome option.
- Then click on Add extension.
- Click on the extension and sign in with your Microsoft, school or work account.
- To sign in successfully, follow the on-screen instructions.
Once the login process is complete, you will see four options when you click on the extension again. Here’s what each option does:
- Whole page: Captures an image of the entire web page you are on.
- Region: Capture a screenshot of your favorite region on the site.
- Article: Saves the web page as editable text.
- Bookmark: Bookmark the URL you visit.
To use any option, click on the extension, choose an appropriate option and select a location on your computer where you want to save the clipped information. Once done, press Clip to capture and save information.
Succeed in your job search with Chrome
Hopefully the tips above will help you maximize the effectiveness of your job search with Chrome. While these tips can help improve your job search, choosing the right job search platform is just as important.
LinkedIn is a great platform for job seekers, but few take advantage of the platform’s marketing tools. Use LinkedIn InMail, join LinkedIn groups and other tools to take your job search to the next level if you haven’t already.